178 LETTERS FROM THE only foreigners. We sat down thirty-two. The principal personages were Isnard, Muraire, Portalis, Cambaceres, Jubries, Augustin Moneron, Vance, Janet, &c. Isnard was very noisy and drank hard. He gave us an account of his hiding during Robespierre's reign. He was locked up four months in Dauphiny at a friend's house, lay in bed all day, and was in the garden all night. He laughed much at Louis XVIIL offering to pardon the Regicides, which he said was an unnatural thing for him to do; and he said if ever the French people took it into their heads to re- call Louis, he for one would slip out of some corner of the realm as the King stepped into the other.1 Cambaceres is a deep, black, silent lawyer, I Isnard kept a perfumer's shop at Draguignan. He was named deputy to the National Convention in 1791, and was one of the most vehement of its members. The following may be taken as a specimen of his principles and eloquence. " Religion," said he in one of his speeches, "is an instrument with which one can do more mischief than with any other; therefore you must treat its ministers with more severity than any other class of people. These priestly disturbers must be driven from France. They are infectious wretches, who must be sent to perish in the lazarets of Rome and Italy." He voted the death of the unfortunate Louis, and the "mis en acctisation" of the Princes. He published several volumes; amongst others, a " Dithyrambe on the Immortality of the Soul."